Lecture by Dr. Haleh Emrani – Nov. 19th, 1:00pm, HSSB 4080

Lecture by Dr. Haleh Emrani – Nov. 19th, 1:00pm, HSSB 4080

Dr. Haleh Emrani will be delivering a talk this coming Wednesday, November 19th at 1:00pm in HSSB 4080 entitled “Marriage Customs of Zoroastrians, Jews and Christians in Pre-Islamic Iran.”

The Sasanian kings were Zoroastrians; but their empire, Ērānšahr, was home to many communities of different religions. A comparative study of the marriage customs of Zoroastrians, Jews and Christians of the empire provides insight into shared traditions by the different religious groups of Sasanian Empire and contributes to the social history of Iran, prior to the Islamic conquest of the seventh century.

Many of these traditions survived the fall of Sasanians and the multi-religious social makeup of the conquered territories was preserved for at least two centuries after the transition to Muslim rule. The persistence of age-old practices in matters of family law emphasizes the strength of these deeply rooted customs, some of which can still be found in practices of Iranian Shi’ites.

Haleh Emrani received her Ph.D. in History from UCLA. Her research focuses on the position of women across the many religious groups of the Late Sasanian and Early-Islamic Iran, with emphasis on the legal regulations governing marriage, divorce, guardianship of women and their children, and inheritance. In addition to her academic work, since 2003, she has been managing the Sasanika Project: Late Antique Near East Project, an online forum for the scholars of the Sasanian Period.